Former Public Relations Officer of the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC), Nana Yaa Jantuah, says utterances made by President Nana Akufo-Addo prior to the 2016 general elections have triggered the ‘Fix The Country’ campaign on social media.
She said campaigners are dissatisfied with the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) over their inability to keep up with their promises and the rising cost of living leading to the backlash of the government.
“The foundation of what’s going on is the message spread by the government [Akufo-Addo] when he was in opposition against the incumbent president. Sometimes when I hear such [campaign] messages it was a bit of …some like none payment of taxes, you’re sitting on riches but starving, It is insensitive to increase petrol prices. When you make these utterances and the people buy then it becomes problematic.”
“It is like luring a lady with the promise of building her a storey building. Meanwhile, you have nowhere to sleep whether to sleep in a compound house or storey building. If you say all these things and people vote for you they’ll have high expectations,” she told Original 91.9FM’s Kwaku Owusu Adjei in an exclusive interview Thursday.
Her comments come on the back of the #FixTheCountry campaign urging the country’s leaders to bring to end problems facing the nation for generations.
Speaking on Adwenekasa socio-political morning show, Thursday, the General Secretary of the Conventions People’s Party (CPP) said the empty rhetoric made by then-candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has infuriated the youths to demand development and job creation.
She indicated that there should be no room for politics in governance as a developing country stressing it will have a grave effect on the economy.
“If the situation demands you take certain actions after taken it becomes problematic. If you’d remember when I was with PURC, I often mentioned we shouldn’t mingle politics with utility tariffs. Politics should be out of dumsor because anything can happen. You [Akufo-Addo] are getting the impact of your actions. You told the people you won’t overburden them with taxes and the incumbent was goofing around. But besides, apart from paying taxes for the nation how do you govern the nation? There’s industrialisation, production, manufacturing, and everything but taxes is necessary. America and other foreign countries we travel to, we pay taxes but how prudently do we use our taxes? We have paid toll booth for several years; always toll. Where’s the money, how do we spend it? That’s triggering the Fix The Country campaign.”
Meanwhile, the Accra Regional Police Command has obtained a prohibition order from the Accra High Court to stop the #FixTheCountryGhana demonstration.
The demonstration slated for Sunday, May 9, 2021, was to protest what the organisers described as the lack of development, corruption, and retrogression of the county.
In an order issued Thursday, May 6, 2021, the High Court, presided over by Justice Ruby Aryeetey, ruled that the prohibition order would be in place until the restriction on public gathering was lifted.
“It is hereby ordered that the organisers/conveners of #FixTheCountry Protest March, their associates, officers, agents, assigns and workmen be prohibited from embarking on any demonstration on Sunday 9th May, or any other date until the restriction on public gathering is lifted by the appropriate authority,” Justice Aryeetey ordered.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams | origianalfmonline.com | Ghana